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Pleidiol Wyf I’m Gwlad: A Wales Team For All To Be Proud Of

‘Pleidiol Wyf I’m Gwlad’ translates as “I am devoted to my country”. It’s integral to the identity and philosophy of the Wales football team that has been such a revelation at Euro 2016.  It comes from Wales’ beautiful national anthem ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’ (Land Of My Fathers). Whilst money-laden outfits like Spain and England have floundered and iconic players …

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Done Deal: Newcastle Complete The Signing Of £10m Striker

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: New signing Dwight Gale poses for a photograph in the Home Dressing room wearing the New NUFC 2016/17 Kit at St.James' Park on June 30, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Despite being relegated to the Championship last season, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has retained his newfound penchant for actually spending money. After years of frugality, Ashley finally invested in some new players last season – though it was not enough to save the team from slipping into the second tier of English football. That said, there is finally some optimism around St. …

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Five Huge Managerial Predictions For The New Premier League Season


The Premier League season is still six weeks away and the team landscapes are far from certain. We know enough, however, about the managers looking to guide their side to glory next term. The heroics of Leicester City last season has given every club, regardless of size and past performance, cause for hope. Predicting what will happen is impossible, but …

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Done Deal: Rafael Benitez Makes His First Newcastle Signing

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Rafael Benitez manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Rafa Benitez has confirmed his first signing since taking the Newcastle job, with Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels joining the Championship club for £4.5million. The Belgium under 21 international has signed a five-year contract with the Saint James’ Park side. Newcastle United new boy Matz Sels is believed to have overlooked interest from Southampton and Middlesbrough to sign for Rafa Benitez. …

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Manchester City And Ireland Starlet Jack Byrne Completes Championship Loan Move

Jack Byrne of SC Cambuur during the Dutch Eredivisie match between SC Cambuur Leeuwarden and Roda JC Kerkrade at the Cambuur Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Manchester City youth player and Irish under-21 international Jack Byrne has joined Blackburn Rovers on loan for the coming season. Byrne and both clubs all confirmed via social media earlier this afternoon that the 20 year old will join Owen Coyle’s side for the next twelve months. A very warm welcome to Owen Coyle’s fifth signing of the summer, Manchester City starlet …

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Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers Closes In On His First Signing

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Moussa Dembele of Fulham looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Fulham at Boleyn Ground on November 30, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Away from the cash-rich Premier League, new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will have to take a new approach to transfers. However, the former Liverpool boss is set to steal a march on several clubs south of the border by making promising Fulham striker Moussa Dembélé his first signing at Celtic Park. The Mirror are this afternoon reporting that the 19 …

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Aston Villa To Make Surprise Move For Manchester United Striker

Aston Villa COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - OCTOBER 02: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo before the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Nordsjaelland v Chelsea at Parken Stadium on October 2, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Aston Villa are currently looking to bounce back from relegation. The Birmingham club were sent down to the second tier of English football for their first time in the Premier League era last season, and have appointed Roberto Di Matteo as manager in a bid to get back to the top flight. Under new ownership, the Villans are expected to …

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Laois Could Be Disqualified From The All-Ireland Football Championship

GAA Laois Armagh

Last Saturday, Laois defeated Armagh in the first round of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifiers on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-10 in O’Moore Park. The Leinster side now progress, and were drawn to face Clare in the next round. However, throughout the course of the game, they used seven substitutes, which is over the permitted amount of six. …

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Liverpool Ready To Move For £10.5m Newcastle Winger – Reports

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Andros Townsend of Newcastle United throws the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on February 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s transfer targets this summer are generally well-known, but reports on Monday night have added another name theyit believes to be on Jürgen Klopp’s shopping list. Both the Mirror  and Telegraph are alleging that Liverpool are ready to move for Newcastle winger Andros Townsend – and are willing to play his £10.5m release clause to land the England international. Townsend arrived at St. …

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The Draw For The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers Has Been Made

Hurling Davy Fitzgerald Donal Og Clare

The draw for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifiers has been made this morning, which was live on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland. Despite an impressive march to the National Hurling League title, Davy Fitzgerald and Clare were dumped out of the Munster Championship by Waterford. However, they must rise again as they hope to repeat the heroics of 2013 by …

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Twitter Fawns Over Impressive Monaghan Display As Down Destroyed

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Clones, Monaghan 5/6/2016 Monaghan vs Down Kieran Hughes of Monaghan with Joe Murphy of Down Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Andrew Paton

Monaghan blew Down away this afternoon in the Ulster Senior Football Championship. Conor McManus was tormentor in chief as an impressive Monaghan side embarked on their title defence. The reigning Ulster champions operated on a different level to their opponents in Clones, and sent out a message to the rest of the country with a 2-22 to 0-09 win. Twitter reacted to …

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Is The Low Level Of The Leinster Championship Damaging Dublin?

Dublin Laois Leinster football

Dublin defeated Laois last night in the quarter-final of the Leinster Senior Football Championship. While Laois rallied in the second half, in truth it was a facile win for the Dubs who killed the game off early, and never moved out of second gear. However, does such a facile victory do Dublin any favours? While Jim Gavin’s men blow away the …

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Scottish Rugby Union And London Scottish In Acrimonious Split

RICHMOND, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Jamie Stevenson of London Scottish kicks during the Greene King IPA Championship play-off first leg match between London Scottish and Worcester Warriors at the Richmond Athletic Ground on May 2, 2015 in Richmond, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Having announced a ‘Development Partnership’ to great fanfare back in January, the Scottish Rugby Union has now pulled out of its groundbreaking deal with Championship side London Scottish, sighting disappointment with the scheme for its termination. Originally, the partnership would have seen a number of pro-team, BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy and Scottish age-grade players based at the Richmond Athletic …

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Leicester Tigers Sign England International Prop

CREMONA, ITALY - JUNE 20: Ellis Genge of England looks on during the World Rugby U20 Championship final match between England and New Zealand at Stadio Giovanni Zini on June 20, 2015 in Cremona, Italy. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers have completed the signing of loosehead prop Ellis Genge from Bristol Rugby. Genge has signed a long term contract with the Midlands club after having spent the last three months on loan with the side making five appearances including Leicester’s semi-final throbbing by Saracens last weekend. Genge impressed in each of his five outings so much so that …

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Aston Villa In Talks With Former Manchester United Manager

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 13: David Moyes during a press conference after he was presented as Real Sociedad's new head coach at Estadio Anoeta on November 13, 2014 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

After over six months out of a job, former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes could be set for a return to football with relegated Aston Villa. As one Alex Ferguson successor is set to be fired today, another could be back in gainful employment in the coming days. Moyes has been out of the game since being sacked …

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